Let’s just admit it. The kids are good foragers. They hunt and gather things that the rest of us don’t see. Like seasoned professionals, they rummage their surroundings for anything interesting. Unfortunately, these items are often dangerous and never elusive. Also unfortunate is the fact that they often end up in their mouths. (Why is it difficult to get my kids to eat kale, but not dirt?)
Taking a cue from our children, we were inspired to take their enthusiasm for foraging and turn it into an educational experience on two fronts – in our bellies and in our trash cans.
For our bellies, the foraged menu consisted of mostly whole, naturally occurring foods with minimal preparation required.
The menu (pictures to follow):
Is your mouth watering yet?
All of the food was tasty, but the pleasantest surprise for us were the paleo pancakes, which were adored by kids and adults alike.
We did not serve these with syrup because there was no need. Everyone liked them just how they were.
As part of our “trash” theme, we decided to clean the garbage from our neighborhood as well. Our fun group activity consisted of picking up trash. Don’t think that’s any fun? You must either not have kids or have forgotten how much kids like this kind of thing. The kids saw it as a treasure hunt. Our goal, as adults, was to keep them from eating the garbage. That’s not always easy with little ones.
When it was all said and done, we had four plastic bags full of garbage that we foraged from our yard and other nearby areas.
Hunting and gathering trash.
We think Grok would be proud!
Matthew Sattley, Ann Sattley, Josiah Sattley, Samuel Sattley, Daniel Kiteck, Karen Kiteck, Nathanael Kiteck, Cherish Kiteck